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Overview

Student working Prosthetics Lab

Imagine designing the next generation of the wheelchair. Or adapting a bicycle so it can be ridden by someone with one leg. Or counseling a person with a disability to better understand his challenges and help find new solutions. These are just some of the career options in rehabilitation science and technology.

Our faculty strive to balance the career needs of our students with the theoretical foundations of the field. 

Our students work alongside designers, engineers, and clinical professionals—the same people with whom they’ll interact once they enter the workforce. Upon graduation, our students are exceptionally well prepared to pass licensing exams and they typically work in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, or companies specializing in assistive technology, state agencies or research labs.

Jon Pearlman in HERL machine shipNew RST Chair Named

Associate Professor Jonathan Pearlman is now chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and will oversee the Prosthetics & Orthotics and Rehabilitation Technology programs. Pearlman is also associate director of Engineering at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) and director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). Read more.

PA Students in Medical Exam Room
UPMC CAT

The Center for Assistive Technology

A joint program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, the Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) has emerged as a leader and innovator in the assistive technology field.

Students in HERL Machine Shop

Research

Extensive research facilities are available in the RST department. Faculty have active research programs in rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation counseling, assistive technology, rehabilitation science, biomechanics, standards development and outcomes measures.

Student at Graduation

Scholarships

We know that financing your future can be difficult. Here are some scholarships and resources for students to consider. 

Conference Registration of peopel in line at ISS

Continuing Education

Rehabilitation Science and Technology Continuing Education, or RSTCE, has a long history of providing a variety of CEU accredited courses and programming that covers current topics in the RST field presented by key subject matter experts. 

ISWP Training in Colombia

International

Learn how RST students and faculty are actively involved in the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) to help people all over the world gain access to the assistive devices and services they need.